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Marintha

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  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (670)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Ode to an ode to the English Language"
    Overall

    Riveting book - charming Victorian prose. Winchester makes excellent use of the English language in writing this ode to the OED (which is, itself, an ode to English itself). Charles Hodgson (of podictionary.com) chose perfectly in recommending this.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6503)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Relevant, but overrated"
    Overall

    The first half of this book was excellent. About the point where the main character, Amir, returns to Afghanistan, however, it starts to fall apart. The remarkable character development which so powerfully moved the first half of the book disappears in favour of blatant manipulation of characters. A close family friend, for example, is reduced to nothing more than a plot device, who conveniently disappears when he is no longer needed.

    This could almost be pardoned, amid the excitement in that part of the book (it's really quite thrilling), except that, after climax & denouement, Hosseini starts in on another plot line, which manages to feel forced, even though it is realistic. Then, as though, realizing that it's just not working, there is a deus ex machina fix, before a rather slow, melancholy "there is no such thing as a fairy-tale ending" wraps things up.

    It *is* his first effort though, and, assuming his editors wake up a bit, I have high hopes for "A Thousand Splendid Suns."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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